Amanda is a mom, a homeowner, and a passionate advocate for more diverse voices in Malden’s city government. Amanda and her husband Mark moved to Blomerth Street in 2011, and daughter Georgia — who just finished Kindergarten at the Beebe School — was born in 2013. Amanda’s vision for Ward 3 is a place where everyone comes together to build the kind of city we want for future generations.

With a professional background in communications and urban planning, Amanda has over a decade of experience in project leadership, budgeting, and management. She has worked across local, state, and regional government to bring innovative ideas and community-driven solutions to our most pressing problems, and she will bring that commitment to public service and effective outreach to the Ward 3 seat on the City Council. Constituents can expect a high level of community engagement, transparency and responsiveness from Amanda, grounded in a philosophy that listening and collaborating are the most effective ways to lead.

Amanda is the Communications Director at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) in Boston, where she and her colleagues have partnered with Malden on open space, bike share, complete streets, education funding, addressing housing needs, clean energy, and advocacy on Beacon Hill. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Malden Redevelopment Authority (MRA), working to create jobs, revitalize neighborhoods, promote economic development, refurbish city parks, support public art, and create housing opportunities across Malden. She also served as Editor of the Malden Observer from 2006 to 2008, and was an original member of the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Walkability in 2012. For the last three years, she has been honored to serve on the Board of Directors for the Asian Community Development Corporation (ACDC), which serves Malden through bilingual housing counseling and financial literacy training, and a youth leadership program.

Priority issues for Amanda include preserving Malden’s beautiful parks and trees, and finding ways to enhance recreation opportunities; effectively addressing traffic and parking challenges; making sure Ward 3’s streets and sidewalks are safe and accessible for all users, including those on foot, using cars, bikes, strollers and wheelchairs; and keeping Malden a welcoming place where everyone is valued and can find a safe, affordable home. Amanda believes our diversity is our strength, and that we need more voices in City Hall advocating for everyone who calls our community home.

As a parent, homeowner and transit rider, she shares the concerns of the neighborhood and wants our schools, roads, parks and cultural institutions to have the resources they need to serve our community well. She would be a proud partner to our leaders on the School Committee, in City Hall, and at the State House when it comes to communicating, getting results, and giving residents a say in the decisions that affect them.

Malden is in the midst of great change, with a record-breaking real estate market, many families moving to town, new stores and restaurants revitalizing our business areas, and the ongoing redevelopment of City Hall which will reconnect Pleasant Street and Malden Square to Ward 3 for the first time in a generation. The city has always been a great place to live, so it’s no surprise that renters, home buyers and small business owners have taken note of all Malden has to offer. Now, it’s more important than ever for Malden to have a strong voice on the City Council, to advocate for residents and to make sure this growth and change brings benefits for everyone who lives and works here.

As someone who has worked with dozens of communities, Amanda knows how important it is to plan ahead. On every issue, from growing schools to aging infrastructure, we need leaders who will strategize and focus on the long-term investments that are already making Malden a better place to live.

Tell Amanda about your experiences in Ward 3 by e-mailing her directly at amandaformalden@gmail.com and by calling or texting 617-388-1556.